Rising Asia-Pac Needs Could Hurt U.S. Mx Industry

 - August 29, 2012, 12:06 PM

The recently published 2012 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook prediction of demand for 185,600 pilots and 243,500 new aircraft technicians in the Asia-Pacific region through 2030 has a potentially significant impact on the U.S. industry. Sarah MacLeod, executive director of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, told AIN, “It is not shocking that blue-collar workers are needed around the world; every country is struggling with the same problem, how to entice the younger generation to skilled jobs. The impact in the U.S. will be judged by how well we’re willing to treat and compensate our hands-on labor force.”

Dale Forton, president of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, told AIN, “I believe over the next 15 years the industry will become more involved in children’s career education at the sixth to eighth grade level. The need is already there as children think of a mechanic as a low-tech position. The school system isn’t teaching students that aircraft maintenance is not low tech and offers many opportunities. If our industry is to meet the demands of the future we have to do a better job of selling it to our children today.”


All it takes is money!!! People are not going to get started in life into a field that has lousy pay and quality of life. Training to be a pilot or an aircraft technician in the US requires time and effort (and money) that far exceeds what those persons will get out of it in salary. Until US aviation industries figure this out nothing will change. Since there is not any pilot shortage nor never will be in the US, I do not see salaries getting any better. As far as technicians are concerned, who knows!

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